Navajo Nation eyes treatment center for Gallup

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe plans to eventually convert the current detox center in Gallup into an outpatient and residential treatment facility.

The Gallup Independent reports that the aged facility takes in about 85 intoxicated people a night, functioning much like a drunk tank.

There are no beds and intoxicated people stay until they sober up, typically about 12 hours. Most are delivered by police or community service aides.

Clinical Director Vera John says the idea is to look for ways to promote treatment services to stop what she calls "the revolving door."

John says the facility needs immediate renovations that could take months and that there's no official timeline for completion.

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